Shell Canada has donated $240,000 to Lambton College as part of a five-year program it hopes will reach out to future graduates it and other petrochemical companies can draw from for its operations.
The donation comes in two chunks—including $40,000 for workshops targeting high school students, with special note to broadening career perspectives for students and women in non-traditional roles.
The bulk of the donation—$200,000—will fund a diversified training project intended to support the learning needs of the Aboriginal community, said Karen Miller, general manager of Shell Canada’s Sarnia Manufacturing Centre.
The workshops will take place in high schools throughout Sarnia-Lambton, enabling grade 9 and 10 students to experience a variety of interactive educational tools and expose them to career pathways they may not have otherwise considered. The end goal is to aid in increasing future enrolment in trades and technology programs while assisting students with career planning and educational pathway decisions.
Shell’s contribution will also fund a mobile technology trailer equipped with interactive tools and learning features. That trailer will go to local high schools and First Nations communities.
Some aspects of the program include hosting “Trades and Technology” days to engage elementary age children in various communities, and a one-week summer camp to be held at Lambton College for students aged 15 to 17.
Shell will also seek to leverage its sponsorship of “Indspire” (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) and use one of its Industry in the Classroom modules in the Lambton College initiative.
The money will also pay for delivery of a post-secondary preparation course in each Aboriginal community and the purchase of iPads to support training.
Workshops, guest speakers, career preparation, skills training and educational pathways are also part of the Shell contribution.
Lambton College also has plans to host a Women in Trades event that will be open to all women in Sarnia-Lambton. Its goal will be to increase awareness and provide an opportunity to pursue careers and education in non-traditional roles.